By Enji, 23 January 2016
Hello all you bakers and cooks to be! How have you all been? It’s been awhile since my last post. I took a sort of extended holiday break. Too many things to do, and got really busy, but now I’m back with some plans and a brand new list of fictional features to share with you all!
During the break I was lucky enough to get some game time in. I played some Fallout 4, Dishonored, and, today’s feature, Undertale. For those of you who haven’t played Undertale, worry not, there are no spoilers to the game here past the first 5 minutes of the game.
Undertale is so filled with food inspiration, that I couldn’t keep away, and had to try my hand at the signature dish of your Goat Mom, Toriel; Cinnamon-Butterscotch Pie. Full disclosure, I snuck into the ruins and took a quick peek at her cookbook, this was the only non-snail related recipe. Now on to the Tu-Toriel! Special thanks to Reddit user Madzci for the pun.
- 1.5 Cups Flour
- 2 Tspn Sugar
- 4 Tblspn Cold Water
- 2 Tblspn of your Milk of choice
- 1 Cup Brown Sugar
- 4 Tblspn Corn Starch
- Pinch of Salt
- 2 Cups of your Milk of choice
- 2 Egg Yolks (Beaten)
- Vegan Alt: 2 Mashed Bananas
- 1 Tblspn Butter
- 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 Tsp Cinnamon
Pump up your oven or magical fire abilities up to 400˚F, because we have to make that pie crust first. We’ve made a lot of pie crusts on Smorgasdork, and they’ve very rarely changed, and this time is no exception. However, we’re going to add one additional step to the process.
Take a mixing bowl and add the flour and sugar first, blending them together before adding our liquids. After blending, pour in the milk and mix until you get clumps of dough. While you could try to make the crust at this stage, it is very difficult and crumbly, so I added 4 tablespoons of ice water to make it more self-adhesive. Roll out a flat sheet of dough and place into a grease pie or tart pan, pushing the dough out and on the sides. Once everything is even and flat, take a fork and poke the flat part of the dough six times in different areas. This is the new part that we’re doing. Normally when wee make pies together, the filling and crust go in together, but this time they are separate, so the dough is going to rise due to evaporation between the pan and crust. To counter this, we make steam vents for it to escape through.
Place the crust in the oven and let it bake until golden brown (about 30-40 minutes), and while it’s getting crusty, we’ll work on the cinnamon-butterscotch filling. Using a double boiler (or two pots stacked atop of one another) mix the cornstarch, milk, brown sugar, and salt. Stir on high heat until the mixture becomes more viscous. It’s a little difficult to tell when that is, to be honest, so if you stir for about 5-8 minutes and are still not positive, just mix in the egg yolks. For those who got it to be more viscous, you too can add the egg yolks, and keep stirring.
Now, the eggs will make the liquid even more firm than it was before, so when you reach that point where it’s like the consistency of pancake batter or syrup, turn off the stove top, and add in the butter, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. This repeated stirring will fill you with determination, but also makes sure that the sugar doesn’t burn.
At this point your pie crust should be finished, so pour in the filling, smooth it out, and place in the oven for 5-15 minutes or until the top of the cinnamon-butterscotch filling starts to firm up. Keep an eye on it, because it can bubble up and pop, which isn’t ideal for a pie. Fair warning. After all is said and done, you can pull it out, let it cool, and serve with whipped cream and sprinkled cinnamon or just plain (like it is served in the game). I took one slice and had all my health restored (disclaimer: pie does not actually restore health points). Hope you try it, love it, and share it with your friends! Cheers! And until next time, keep on bakin’ and shakin’.